The UK's Daily Mail newspaper has placed some incredible photographs on its website today of a southern flying squirrel in action. The photos were taken by British photographer Kim Taylor. Here are a couple of samples:
There are several more photos at the article that I linked above, and at Kim Taylor's website.
The southern flying squirrel is native to much of the southeastern United States. Unlike tree squirrels, the flying squirrels are nocturnal. They spend most of the daylight hours tucked away asleep in their nests, which they usually make in a tree cavity. Since they typically emerge only at night, they are hard to see, and even harder to photograph, which makes these pictures all the more impressive.